Superintendent Six Week Report

From the desk of Donny Lee, Ed.D.

The mission of Buna ISD is to equip all students to be their best while preparing them to be positive contributing members of society.

The vision of Buna ISD is to be an evolving district where graduates will excel in a complex and ever changing world.

Building Better Cougars

Discovering Your Why

It was certainly a wild start to the school year, but because of you, we were able to lead through the rocky moments and never missed a day of school...(other than a false alarm flood)! As panic consumed many districts, you continued to DO YOUR JOB in a very professional and proficient manner, which resulted in BISD flattening the curve. Thank you for being an outstanding team of educators who understands that we are here for the kids.

During convocation, we talked about the importance of "Knowing Your Why". What gets you out of bed each morning and returning to Buna ISD? What are you passionate about? Can others see how passionate you are?

As we return to a sense of normalcy, purposefully think about why you're here and how you can improve every single day. When we improve, we inherently live by our motto of "Building Better Cougars"!

Covid Protocols Modified

On Monday, September 20th, the Board of Trustees voted on the following measures:

  • Quarantine people within the same household who have covid. For example, if a parent has two kids and one of them has covid, both must quarantine.

  • Teachers & Staff will receive five (5) additional days for COVID Leave if they contract covid or anyone in their household. You must provide proof to Cristi Fountain.

  • The 2021-2022 Asynchronous Plan has been developed and adopted. It is posted on the BISD website under Family News.

Teacher Advisory Council

Congratulations to the 21-22 TAC! If you have an idea or suggestion about how to make Buna ISD a better place to work, please let our TAC know about it. Each month, I meet with the TAC to review comments, questions, and concerns you may have. If you have a concern, please list a "suggestion for improvement". We will do our best to remedy of district level issue. If it's a campus concern, please forward it to your principal. Although we may not be able to "fix" every issue, I read every single one of them and value your input and suggestions.

Instructional Rounds

So far this six weeks, I've have had the opportunity to observe 10 classrooms. What I've seen is inspiring and reassuring. Despite the circumstances, our teachers are going above and beyond in an effort to close very large learning gaps. You're finding innovative ways to conduct small group work and engaging activities. Without great teachers, we don't have a great school. Thank you for your incredible efforts so far this year.

If you're doing something engaging with your students, please email me and let me know! I love coming into classrooms and taking pictures!!

Celebrating our Cougars (September Students of the Month)

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Collaborative Visioning Team

Want to be a part of our Strategic Planning Team? Come join us on Monday, September 27th at 5:00 PM in the HS Library and help us develop our district plan for the next three years. You will be able to analyze data while working in priority groups comprised of focus areas. A meal will be provided at 5:00 PM. This is your opportunity to have a meaningful impact on the direction of Buna ISD. We hope to see you there!

College & Career Fair

Our Cougars had the opportunity to visit with over 20 colleges, trades schools, or military branches this past Tuesday. Information pertaining to tuition, acceptance standards, and scholarships was discussed in detail. A big shout-out to Mrs. Sherman for organizing this amazing event!